James “Jim” Adams

19340102 –


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Jim was born on January 2, 1934, son of the late Margaret Whatley Darr and Gale Adams. He married the love of his life Arla Jean Adams on February 14, 1958, in Lubbock, TX. They had one son, James A. Adams, who was the light of his life.

Jim graduated from Lubbock High School in 1952 and attended Texas Tech College. He served in the United States Marine Corp Reserves.

He loved music and was a talented country pedal steel guitar player. Jim toured and played with numerous local bands. He spent many years entertaining throughout the country with major Nashville country stars and participated in a USO Naval Tour to Puerto Rico.

Jim loved his son dearly and was active as a leader for the Boy Scouts and 4-H Club.

He was an avid reader and was extremely knowledgeable in many fields. He was a talented mechanic and a motorcycle enthusiast. Jim also loved airplanes and was a licensed pilot.

Jim is survived by his wife of 59 years, Arla Jean Adams. He loved animals especially his dog, Kandi and his son’s horse, Crackerjack. Jim is also survived by loving family members, sister-in-law, Carol Knott (Jerry), sister-in-law, Fleda Key (Tommy), brother-in-law, George Izzard (Floretta); nieces and nephews, Paul Hinman, Jr., Stephen Hinman, Debbie Bamburg, Colleen Woodcock, Robert L. (Bobby) Knott, Melissa Beago, Michelle Key, Daniel Izzard and Whitney Glenn. He is also survived by several great-nieces and great-nephews and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Dolores Keith, and son, James A. Adams.

The family would like to extend a very special thank you to friends Tracie and Randy Ethridge, Kayla Klemmer, and numerous friends for their loving care along with all the members of Accolade Home Care and Accolade Hospice. You offered such tender care for our beloved family member.


5 thoughts on “James “Jim” Adams”

  1. Arla, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this extremely diffiult time. I know this has been a long, heart wrenching time. I’m still out of town, but I wanted you to know that you will be in my prayers for the days to come. You know that your ABWA family is there for you when you need us. Love Stacey

  2. I haven’t seen Jim in many, many years. When I was a teenager I would go listen to any band he played in every chance I got. He was such a Great musician and just and all around wonderful person very kind and good. Rest in peace Jim.

  3. Arla, We are not able to there but we wanted you to know that you have our deepest sympathy and we will be praying for you and all the family during this difficult time and in the days to come. We always enjoyed being around you and Jim. I know he loved you and his family very much.

  4. To the loved ones of James Adams,

    Although we did not have the privilege of knowing Mr. Adams, we have personally experienced the pain of losing someone we loved dearly. We extend our heartfelt condolences to each of you. Please be assured of God’s enduring love for you, his concern with your well-being, and his willingness to help you endure this difficult time. (1 Peter 5:7) We pray that God’s promise at Revelation 21:4 will provide you comfort in the days to come. For further comforting thoughts, please visit https://www.jw.org/en/publications/magazines/watchtower-no3-2016-may/when-a-loved-one-dies/.

    The Guillory Family
    Covington, LA

  5. Gary and Karlene Crawford

    Arla and family, our prayers are with you at this time. We watched the funeral via computer. A very beautiful service and a wonderful tribute to Jim. God be with you all.
    Our love we send to all from Michigan

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